Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Clearwater Aquarium accepts donation for after-school STEM program: Clearwater Marine Aquarium accepted a $25,000 donation from AT&T last month to support an after-school STEM program for students in Pinellas County. The program allows students ages 11 to 14 to gain hands-on experiences and inspire a greater interest in math and science programs. The aquarium's after-school program supports Title I schools by providing immersive STEM curriculum for the "middle school juncture," where children are likely to lose interest in STEM subjects. The check presentation included a boat ride in Clearwater Bay with a net pulling in a big check from AT&T.

Safety Harbor Kiwanis name new Sea Hawk Award winners: The Safety Harbor Kiwanis honored students at the second Sea Hawk Awards ceremony this year. Three students selected received recognition from the Kiwanis with trophies and a monetary award. Seventh-grade student Lauren Maki was chosen by teacher Scott Johnson for helping others before herself. Paula Sanchez and Emelio Kandy were picked by seventh-grade teacher Candes Clifford for their high standard of character and citizenship. These three and other students were honored with parents, families and teachers at the special awards breakfast.

Largo Medical named top performer by Joint Commission: Largo Medical Center was the only hospital in Pinellas County to receive the Joint Commission's Top Performer award throughout all five years of the program's existence. Largo Medical Center also is one of just 117 hospitals nationwide to achieve this status for five years. The Joint Commission is the nation's leading accreditor of health care organizations. This program recognizes hospitals that attain excellence in evidence-based care in core measure performance data.

St. Alfred's Episcopal in Palm Harbor welcomes new priest: The Rev. Dr. Gina Walsh-Minor was accepted as the new priest-in-charge at St. Alfred's Episcopal Church in Palm Harbor. Walsh-Minor served the Diocese of New Jersey since 2003 as vicar at two churches and interim rector at another. She also was interim director of human resources at Riverside Church in New York City. For the past seven years, she served as rector of Trinity Church in Cranford, N.J. Walsh-Minor received her master's in divinity from General Theological Seminary and also holds a doctorate in organizational development and human resources management and a master's in community counseling.

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Possible wrong-way crash on Courtney Campbell Causeway late Friday

TAMPA — A multi-vehicle crash on the Courtney Campbell Causeway late Friday may have been caused by a driver traveling in the wrong direction, Tampa police said.The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes closer to the Tampa side of the causeway, near ...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Region football: Clearwater Central Catholic 37, Calvary Christian 10

CLEARWATER — The ice bath ensued for Clearwater Central Catholic coach Chris Harvey after the Marauders’ 37-10 victory over Calvary Christian in Friday’s Class 3A region final. The win placed the Marauders (11-0) in their fifth state tournament since...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Tampa police investigate drive-by shooting in Seminole Heights

Tampa police investigate drive-by shooting in Seminole Heights

TAMPA — Police took one person into custody late Friday after a drive-by shooting ended in Seminole Heights.The incident, which unfolded about 11 p.m., did not appear to be related to the spate of other recent shootings in Seminole Heights that have ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

MELBOURNE — With 1 yard separating Plant from an incredible come-from-behind victory, or a devastating defeat, it all came down to a matter of trust.And for Panthers coach Robert Weiner, there was no one he would put more faith in to get that 1 yard ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Region football: Armwood 22, Hillsborough 0

Region football: Armwood 22, Hillsborough 0

SEFFNER — Hillsborough conquered one nemesis with last week’s win over Class 6A defending state finalist Lake Gibson, the team that knocked the Terriers out of the playoffs in the first round a year ago.But there was an even bigger stumbling block to...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Region football: Ocala Vanguard 35, Mitchell 31

NEW PORT RICHEY — The start wasn’t quite befitting of a playoff game between undefeated teams, but the end of Friday’s war between Ocala Vanguard and Mitchell certainly was.Like last year’s Class 6A regional semifinal, the Mustangs held a three-point...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Region football: Green Cove Springs Clay 52, Zephyrhills 49

Region football: Green Cove Springs Clay 52, Zephyrhills 49

ZEPHYRHILLS — For Zephyrhills, Friday night’s Class 5A region semifinal against Green Cove Springs Clay was doomed by 12 bad minutes. The Bulldogs led by four points at halftime but allowed 28 unanswered points in the third quarter and were not able ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Region football: Lakewood 20, Jesuit 7

Region football: Lakewood 20, Jesuit 7

ST. PETERSBURG — Lakewood came into Friday’s playoff game knowing its defense had to help control field position against Jesuit. The Spartans (9-1) left Friday’s game with a ticket to Immokalee for a region final — and six Tigers (6-5) turnovers en r...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Region football: Tampa Bay Tech 42, Palmetto 26

TAMPA — Another Friday night, another offensive explosion.Tampa Bay Tech’s offense continued its torrid pace and quarterback Michael Penix Jr. accounted for five total touchdowns as the Titans rolled past Palmetto 42-26 in a Class 7A, Region 3 semifi...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Region football: Cambridge Christian 50, Indian Rocks Christian 14

TAMPA — The Cambridge Christian offense was clicking, and quarterback Jaylin Jackson couldn’t seem to be stopped. Still, as the second quarter clock dwindled, Indian Rocks Christian was hanging around.So with just more than a minute left in the half,...
Updated: 9 hours ago